The former Aquarena swimming pool is set for a major redevelopment after Worthing Borough Council’s Planning Committee approved plans, which will see new homes and commercial space built a stone’s throw from Worthing town centre.

Plans submitted by Roffey Homes to redevelop the derelict seafront site include a significant boost for the town’s housing need, providing 141 residential apartments of which 42 will be affordable housing.

Alongside the apartment blocks will be new commercial space and a beach facing cafe. The designs also incorporate an iconic tower surrounded by both private and public open space, whilst there 172 resident’s parking spaces and 51 public car parking spaces.

The beneficial impact on the town’s local economy was welcomed by Cllr Bryan Turner, Executive Member for Regeneration at Worthing Borough Council:

“This is a fantastic boost for Worthing’s economy, and hopefully this exciting regeneration will act as a catalyst to bring forward development on other sites across the town. Whilst we have taken very seriously the concerns that residents have voiced, by building on brownfield sites like this one we can ensure that other much valued green spaces can be protected.

“The new commercial space will give businesses a prime opportunity to thrive in an area already made very popular by the seafront and Splashpoint swimming pool. It shows great confidence in our town that the ambitions set out in our Investment Prospectus and InvestAW website are starting to deliver.”

Of the proposed apartments, 30% have been allocated for affordable housing. This comprises of 20 units for social rent and 22 shared ownership units. Cllr Heather Mercer, Executive Member for Customer Services, highlighted the value of providing this new housing:

“I’m delighted to see a development of this importance coming forward with the promise of significant affordable housing. With rising house prices making it harder for younger and first time buyers to get on the housing ladder, it’s crucial that large scale developments like this proposal deliver on providing appropriate housing to help meet this demand.”

For more information, visit Adur & Worthing Council’s Aquarena Redevelopment pages.